SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — As police closed in, a man suspected of gunning down four people last week shot himself to death Monday, and authorities said they have linked him to two other killings beyond those of a prominent psychiatrist, two paralegals and a marriage-and-divorce counselor.
The first person who was killed had testified in court against Dwight Lamon Jones, court record showed.
Authorities believe the 56-year-old also killed a man and a woman whose bodies were discovered Monday in the Phoenix suburb of Fountain Hills.
Police in Arizona said they spent a day and a half tracking the man, eventually finding him at an extended-stay hotel in Scottsdale. Officers evacuated nearby rooms before hearing gunfire and finding his body.
The raid came as police identified the fourth victim, Marshall Levine, a 72-year-old counselor and life coach. He was found shot inside an office building shortly after midnight Saturday.
On Thursday, Dr. Steven Pitt, a prominent forensic psychiatrist who assisted in high-profile murder cases, including the JonBenet Ramsey mystery in Colorado and a notorious Phoenix serial killer investigation, was found dead near Scottsdale. Witnesses reported hearing a loud argument and gunfire outside Pitt’s office.
Police said the killings Friday of paralegals Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49, were related to Pitt’s shooting, but they were still trying to determine exactly how the three victims were connected.
“We don’t know the relationships or the connections,” Sgt. Ben Hoster said.
Karen Flansburg, who lives a few blocks from the hotel, said she saw helicopters outside and while, watching television, saw her own neighborhood on the news.
“I didn’t know it was here, so close to home,” she said.
Dave Kibble is staying at a nearby Holiday Inn while he looks into relocating to Scottsdale, which he called the “safest, cleanest place” he had ever seen.
He did not feel at risk after learning that the first two murder scenes were linked, saying the public was never “in any kind of danger.”
Pitt’s killer was described as a bald man wearing a dark-colored hat with a short brim, police said. Investigators released a sketch of the suspect in the three killings.
Sharp and Anderson were shot Friday inside a law office. One of the women managed to walk to an intersection to seek help despite a gunshot wound to her head. She was taken to a hospital where she died, police said.
Officers followed a blood trail back to the office and found the other woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Levine was killed in an office park that houses mostly therapists and counselors.
A decade after the JonBenet Ramsey case, the 59-year-old Pitt helped Phoenix police in the Baseline Killer investigation as they sought a man who was later convicted of killing nine people.
The website of Burt/Feldman/Grenier, the law firm that employed Sharp and Anderson, says it practices divorce, child support and other aspects of family law.